SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ – Sussex County Department of Health did not release any information about the impact of COVID-19 on county residents on Sunday. According to the New Jersey Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard, Sussex County is reported to have 855 coronavirus patients, an increase of 37 since Saturday.

The NJ DOH Dashboard also reports one additional coronavirus related death brining the total to 92.  These numbers represent a 10.7% mortality rate for Sussex County.  The mortality rate statewide is 5.44%. 

There is still no testing in Sussex County. There are 31 testing sites in New Jersey.

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Governor Murphy announced he plans to present his “blueprint” for deciding when and how to reopen the state.  His daily briefing is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Monday. 

The New Jersey COVID-19 dashboard reports as of April 23, there have been a total of 200,756 total tests reported; 109,038 positive tests, 114,106 negative tests and 5,938 deaths, related to coronavirus. Bergen County continues to have the most patients with 14,965 and 955 deaths, a mortality rate of 6.38%.

Hudson County has the second highest count of residents with positive test results; 13,708 patients with 661 deaths a mortality rate of 4.8%. Essex County has 12,863 patients with and 1023 deaths, a mortality rate of 7.9%.

According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus resource center, The United States currently has 965,435 confirmed cases with 5,441,079 people tested and 54,856 coronavirus deaths representing a 5.6% mortality rate.  New York City has reported 17,280 COVID-19 related deaths.

According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus resource center New Jersey represents approximately 11.3% of the COVID-19 patients in the country.

While there is still no testing in Sussex County, the drive through site at County College of Morris will be accommodating about 75 Sussex County residents each day, according to an announcement by the department of health.

The testing is done by appointment and people seeking to be tested must have a prescription from a doctor or medical provider according to the announcement. The CCM testing site will be accommodating approximately 240 Morris County residents each day, in addition to Sussex County residents. 

“To be tested you must be in a vehicle, must have identification, must have an appointment and must have a prescription, preferably printed, from a medical provider,” the statement said.  Appointments are to be made on the Morris County website.

New Jersey Department of Human Services has launched a hotline for residents who need help coping with stress and anxiety during the health crisis.  The hotline is open from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. seven days a week- 866-202-4357.

St. Joseph’s Health in Paterson is also providing a free helpline for hearing impaired Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 973-870-0677.

The state COVID-19 hotline can be reached by dialing 2-1-1 or 1-800-962-1253 or text NJCOVID to 898-211.

Testing for coronavirus is still not available in Sussex County.  Anyone who is concerned they may have symptoms of COVID-19 are asked to contact their doctor. Testing can be provided at the Community College of Morris with an appointment and a prescription.  

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